Contraindications for the use of medicinal plants

Contraindications for the use of medicinal plants

Caution, medicinal plants!

On the pages of the magazine, I constantly urge readers to grow and use more vegetables and healthy herbs in their daily diet, to collect medicinal plants and harvest them for the winter.

At the same time, I constantly encounter the misconception that all pills have side effects, and herbs, although not so effective, can be used without restrictions, in any quantity and for as long as you like.

I was forced to study herbal medicine closely because of my son's illness, he has neurodermatitis. The most harmless pills caused him the worst allergies, so he had to select herbs for all occasions. The main thing in this was the principle of "do no harm". The mistake could cause Quincke's edema and death. So I want to share with you my experience, tested in practice. It is a pity that useful information has been lying unclaimed for many years in an abandoned notebook.

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Mother and stepmother can cause fever, nausea, abdominal pain and even jaundice if people with liver disease or chronic alcoholism decide to treat it. You can't even drink beer. You can not make alcoholic tinctures of fees that include this plant.

Hawthornwhen taken in large doses, it dramatically lowers blood pressure and makes you feel weak.

Bearberry (bear's ear) contains a large amount of tannin, much more than it is found in tea. Exceeding the required dose can cause stomach upset. Bearberry should not be taken with ascorbic acid. In general, it is necessary to give up acidic foods, and even more so to drink teas, which include bearberry, with lemon. The fact is that it only works in an alkaline environment.

Passionflower It is categorically contraindicated in angina pectoris, atherosclerosis of the vessels of the brain and heart, as well as in people who have had myocardial infarction.

Aralia of Manchuria excluded for hypertension and insomnia.

Parsley contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women.

Poppy as a sedative broth should not be taken in old age and with liver diseases.

St. John's wort increases blood pressure, can cause nausea and headaches. Strong infusions cannot be made. Do not give herbal preparations of St. John's wort to boys during puberty.

Yarrow contraindicated in thrombophlebitis.

Peppermint when fresh it is toxic, it can only be used dry. The constant intake of this herb, even as part of the collection, reduces the ability to bear children.

Hop Causes drowsiness and should not be taken if driving.

Belladonna even with a small overdose, it can cause severe poisoning.

Elecampane high causes dermatitis in some people.

Beet certainly useful, and fresh juice from it in small quantities is a medicine, but in case of an overdose it causes vasospasm.

Sea buckthorn and sea ​​buckthorn oil contraindicated in men with prostatitis, it stimulates the growth of adenoma.

Aloe causes skin irritation in some people, and they do not even know about it.

Foxglove purple excluded with heart defects.

Kelp (seaweed) is dangerous for kidney disease.

Juniper cannot be used on jade.

Linen and linseed oil increase pain in cholecystitis.

Plantain excluded in case of gastric ulcer with high acidity.

pharmaceutical camomile in case of an overdose, it causes a headache.

Celandine often referred to as "Russian ginseng". This magical plant helps with many diseases, but in fact, you must always remember that it is poisonous.

Ergot if used uncontrolled, it can cause mental disorders.

Parsnip not recommended for hypertension.

Grapes contraindicated in diabetes, obesity and peptic ulcer disease.

Bulb onions fresh, it is dangerous for heart disease.

Turnip fresh excluded with duodenal ulcer.

Radish contraindicated in inflammatory processes in the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract.

Sorrel cannot be consumed in large quantities, otherwise salt metabolism in the body can be disrupted and renal pathology can be caused.

Do not think that I want to scare anyone, just call for caution when choosing a diet and herbal treatment. Strict adherence to the dosage is simply necessary. Never forget that we have a whole pharmacy under our feet, but you have to come to it armed with knowledge and with inner discipline.

Be healthy and live long!

L. Romanikhina, herbalist

Uses of ginkgo biloba

Even ancient scientists noticed that ginkgo biloba is incredibly beneficial for the human body. Chinese monks were very fond of and often used its fruits for food, prepared decoctions and infusions from the leaves. It was their careful attitude and care for these trees that helped the latter not to die out completely.

Now ginkgo biloba extract is used in folk medicine, tonic drinks, added to dietary supplements, energy bars, protein shakes, and various preparations.

Medicinal use

Ginkgo leaves are used in pharmacology. They are harvested in September, when the full ripening phase begins. Then the foliage is dried and stored in a dry, dark place. You can use such a blank for preparing an infusion or tincture.

For tincture, take 50 grams of leaves and pour 500 grams of vodka. The mixture is infused for 2 weeks in a cool dark place. You need to consume 20 drops three times a day. This tincture helps to improve immunity, brain activity and blood thinning.

You can also make an infusion. For this, a tablespoon of ginkgo biloba leaves is poured with 300 grams of boiling water and insisted for several hours. Consume 100 grams 3 times a day before meals. This infusion is good for the treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Application in traditional medicine

Lespedetsa kopechnikova herb is prescribed by homeopaths for metabolic disorders, malfunctions of the human excretory system, cleansing the body of biological poisons and salts. Lespedets kopechnikovaya is used for lichen, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, ear, inflammation of the outer membrane of the eye. Alcohol tincture treats skin inflammations, venereal diseases, herpes.

Procurement and storage of raw materials

Raw materials, harvested at the optimal time and properly dried, have stronger medicinal properties and are better stored, and the collected one loses its biological activity prematurely or later. Raw materials are harvested during a period when the buds have not yet opened. The grass is collected from the stems, and the leaves are separated from them. Dry in the shade or dryer. The raw material is olive-gray, astringent taste, pleasant smell.

Storage conditions

Store packed. The storage period for the herb is five years.

Alcohol tincture

Alcohol tincture is a prophylactic agent against kidney diseases of bacterial etiology, urological problems. Recipe for alcoholic tincture: 1 part of grass for 10 parts of vodka, insist for 10 days, filter. Take 30 drops, diluted in 50 ml of water, 3 times a day, half an hour before meals. The duration of treatment for urological diseases is 1 month.

Angelica features

Angelica officinalis is a herbaceous fragrant biennial plant, which in the first year of growth forms only a basal rosette, consisting of a bundle of leaf plates, while the development of peduncles and shoots occurs only in the second year. A short brown radish-shaped rhizome reaches about 80 mm in diameter, it is overgrown with many adventitious roots. It contains milky juice of white or pale yellow color. A single, erect, naked, thick stem reaches a height of about 250 cm, it has a cylindrical shape, in the upper part it is branched, and inside it is hollow. Alternately spaced triple-pinnate leaf plates have large two- or three-lobed ovoid segments. The basal leaves are large and have a triangular shape and long petioles, while the stem leaves are smaller and have a stalk-enclosing sheath. The umbrella-shaped inflorescence is rather large, complex and almost spherical, it consists of 20–40 rays and reaches about 15 centimeters in diameter. The inflorescence is formed on the peduncle, which has dense pubescence in the upper part. Small flowers consist of 5 petals, greenish-yellow in color, they do not represent any decorative value. The fruit is an elliptical two-seed, yellow or pale green in color, which splits into 2 semi-fruits. Flowering at the bush is observed in the second year of life from June to August. Fruit ripening occurs in July – September.

History of the use of purslane

In addition to the excellent taste characteristics, purslane is considered a true treasury of vitamins and components that are fruitful for the body.

The tradition of using this weed as a medicinal crop dates back to the times of Hippocrates and Pliny. These renowned healers of the past attributed it to people of older age and malnourished by illness or severe injury.

In Arab medieval poetry, purslane is praised as a "blessed herb" and is highly prized for its unique medicinal qualities.

The plant is widespread, which is mostly anthropogenic throughout the Old World. It grows from North Africa through the Middle East and Indian subcontinent to Malaysia and Australia. The species has a New World status as an exotic weed, but the species was discovered in the fossil record of Crawford Lake, Ontario in 1430-89. AD, this indicates that he reached North America before the pre-Columbian era.


Chamomile can be called one of the safest medicinal plants, since there are very few contraindications to its use. This refers to individual intolerance to the components in the composition and allergic reactions, while having the ability to reduce them.

Caution must be observed during pregnancy due to the increase in estrogen levels, which is undesirable during this period. Therefore, ingestion of chamomile herb should only be on the recommendation of a doctor.

Herbal remedies are not recommended during lactation, since the baby's reaction to their intake is unknown. And, of course, you shouldn't use chamomile immensely. Otherwise, you may feel nausea, headache, blood pressure surges, and a negative reaction from the nervous system.

Medicinal herbs and medicinal plants

Among the many methods of treating people, perhaps the most pleasant and natural, and also one of the most ancient, is herbal treatment. Why are medicinal plants so attracted? First of all, their mild and effective action on the body, the absence of side effects.

Medicinal plants can not only cure, but also maintain our body in good shape, increase efficiency, release those resources that our body spent on fighting diseases, and improve the quality of life.

In some cases, herbal medicine is more effective, in some - traditional medicine, and in some, just a few sessions of psychotherapy. It is sometimes helpful to combine both therapies. It is wise to use all treatments.

On our website you will find a description of the most important medicinal plants, data on their chemical composition and use in medicine, as well as recommendations on drying techniques, packaging and storage of raw materials, preparation of medicinal preparations at home.

It is common knowledge that medicinal plants and herbs are an invaluable treasure of nature. Many centuries ago, our ancestors used them to treat a variety of diseases. Their nutritional properties were also highly valued, which has found its application in the cuisines of many peoples of the world.

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We advise everyone who is interested in the self-collection and use of plants for the prevention and treatment of diseases, first to get acquainted with the basic rules:

    Collect medicinal plants in dry and clear weather. Aerial parts of plants, grass, flowers, leaves are usually harvested during the flowering of plants, roots and rhizomes - in the fall during the period of wilting of the aerial parts of plants or in early spring, when their stems and leaves begin to grow, seeds and fruits - during their full ripeness, buds - in early spring before the beginning of their blooming, bark - in the spring during the period of sap flow.

Collection of medicinal herbs should be carried out in places far from roads and railways, as well as industrial enterprises and industrial waste disposal sites.

You need to dry the plants quickly, laying them out in a thin layer in the shade. The fruits can be dried in the sun or in ovens at moderate temperatures. Before drying, the roots and rhizomes are washed in cold water and cut lengthwise.

Raw materials intended for storage are usually not crushed. It is recommended to store dried plants in a cool dry place in paper bags or boxes lined with paper. Medicinal plants with a strong odor are stored separately from odorless ones. Storage periods range from 1 year to 5-6 years.

  • The use of medicinal plants should be agreed with the attending physician, especially when it comes to treating children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. In this case, one should take into account the individual intolerance of the body to certain plants, as well as products of natural origin.
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